Commercial Flagpole FAQs

FLAGPOLE DIAGRAMS:

 

FLAGPOLE QUESTIONS:

 

INSTALLATION QUESTIONS:



ANSWERS TO FLAGPOLE QUESTIONS

 

Q: WHAT ARE THE FACTORS THAT AFFECT THE PRICE OF A FLAGPOLE?

A: There are basically seven features that distinguish any given flagpole.

    1. Material (aluminum, steel, fiberglass, or wood)
    2. Height
    3. Butt diameter
    4. Wall thickness
    5. Finish (brushed aluminum, anodized, powder painted)
    6. Halyard system (internal or external)
    7. Installation type (ground set, shoe base or wall mount)
      (return to questions)

Q: IS ALL HARDWARE INCLUDED WITH A FLAGPOLE TO COMPLETE INSTALLATION?

A: All hardware is included, as well as a ground sleeve, in the flagpole package. *Nothing extra needs to be purchased by a customer. However, there are installation materials (concrete, wood wedges and sand) that are not included.
(return to questions)

Q: WHY IS A FLAGPOLE ACTUALLY LONGER THAN IT'S DESIGNATION?

A: A flagpole is designated by the above ground height. The actual length includes the portion of the pole that goes in the ground. (Ground set only.)
(return to questions)

Q: HOW MUCH OF A FLAGPOLE IS UNDERGROUND?

A: The rule of thumb is that 10% of the above ground height of a pole is underground. For example, a 20' pole is actually 22' long because 2' (10%) is undergound.
(return to questions)

Q: HOW MANY SECTIONS ARE IN EACH FLAGPOLE?

A: Typically, 15', 20', and 25' poles come in one section. 30' and 35' poles come in either one or two sections. 40' and 45' poles are two sections. 50' and higher are three to five sections.
(return to questions)



ANSWERS TO INSTALLATION QUESTIONS

 

Q: IS A FLASH COLLAR NEEDED FOR AN INSTALLATION?

A: Flash collars are needed when there will be a concrete pad around the base of a pole. The purpose of the flash collar is to hide the top of the ground sleeve, or to anchor bolts and nuts to give a pleasing look to the installation. Some installations will be in flowerbeds or in lawn areas. It is okay not to use a collar in these situations. Dirt, rocks, bark or grass can be pulled up to the pole to make the collar unneccessary.
(return to questions)

Q: DOES THE TOP OF THE GROUND SLEEVE NEED TO BE SEALED

A: Yes, the ground sleeve must be sealed to keep out water. If the sand in the sleeve gets wet, the pole will most likely shift. We suggest the top 2" of the ground sleeve be filled with a waterproof compound.
(return to questions)

Q: SHOULD THE WOODEN WEDGES BE LEFT IN OR TAKEN OUT WHEN THE INSTALLATION IS COMPLETE?

A: The wooden wedges should be removed after the pole is set in the sand. This allows for the natural movement of the pole as it vibrates in the wind. Also, removal of the wedges provides a more even stress point for the pole.
(return to questions)

Q: WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO KEEP POLES DRY WHILE THEY ARE IN PACKAGING?

A: The paper that the poles are wrapped in contains a chemical that is released when wet that stains the satin finish poles. If a pole needs to be stored outside in the weather, unwrap it first and block it up off of the ground. When wrapping is left on a pole that is damp, unevaproated moisture can create a stain on the satin finish, also. (return to questions)

Q: WHAT DO WE DO IF WE UNWRAP THE POLE AND FIND THAT THE WRAPPING HAS STAINED IT?

A: On occasion there will be stains on a satin finish pole. The best way to remove the stains is warm, soapy water, aluminum alloy cleaners, or a medium grit sandpaper. If sand paper is used, always rub in the same direction as the original grain. This is for satin finish pole only. For painted or anodized poles, NO caustic cleaners should be used. Instead use liquid soap and water. **First spot test on the metal for possible damage to the finish.**(return to questions)

Q: HOW CLOSE SHOULD A POLE BE INSTALLED TO OTHER POLES OR OBJECTS?

A: The size of flag that will be flown determines the distance. Allow at least one foot more than the length of the flag. If possible, allow extra distance so that your customer will have the option to fly a larger flag in the future if they choose. (A distance of one and a half times the flag's length will allow one size larger flag to be flown).

**NOTE: Be very cautious when working around power lines. If a pole comes in contact with a power line, serious injury or death can occur to anyone standing nearby.**
(return to questions)

Q: WHAT ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS TO MAKE PUTTING THE FLAGPOLE SECTIONS TOGETHER EASIER?

A:

    1. Coat both joint surfaces with liquid soap, along with water to dilute the soap. This cuts friction and allows for easy clean-up. Don't use any kind of oil. It is difficult to clean the oil off of the pole after connecting the joints.
    2. Warm temperatures cause the aluminum to expand making the joint tight. Put a bag of ice on the male section of the joint for a few minutes to cool the pole. This will cause the aluminum to contract so the joint will fit together better.
      (return to questions)

Q: HOW CAN A LEVEL BE USED TO PLUMB A TAPERED POLE?

A: The tapered flagpoles have a portion of the pole at the base that is not tapered. Usually you will be safe using the bottom five exposed feet for the level. (return to questions)

Q: HOW LONG SHOULD THE CONCRETE SET BEFORE PUTTING THE FLAGPOLE IN THE SLEEVE?

A: The rule of thumb is that concrete should be allowed to set at a rate of 24 hours for each yard of concrete. (return to questions)

Q: SHOULD I PLACE LIGHTS ON MY FLAGPOLE?

A: It is customary to light the flag when being flown 24 hours. (return to questions)

 

 

 

×
×